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Chemicals in Consumer Goods Could See Broader Shift Towards Increased Restrictions Under New “Group Approach”

10 July 2019

Hong Kong traders involved in the manufacturing of non-stick coatings, plastic casings, electronic displays and the production of food and feed may like to take note of three recent European regulator...Read More


New EU Regulation Strengthens Market Surveillance of EU-made and Imported Products

9 July 2019

Hong Kong exporters may like to be informed that EU Member States will begin strengthening market surveillance of products being imported into the internal market to ensure their compliance with consu...Read More


Proposal Is Tabled to Restrict Placing on the Market of Textile and Leather Articles Containing Skin Sensitising Substances

14 May 2019

It is reported that on 29 April 2019 Sweden and France have submitted a “restriction proposal” to the European Chemicals Agency, aimed at putting in place the restriction of skin sensitising substance...Read More


Argentina Temporarily Lifts Import Restrictions on Certain Alligator Hides

11 April 2019

Argentina’s Secretariat of the Environment and Sustainable Development has issued a regulation that allows for a period of one year the temporary importation of whole, raw hides of the species Caiman ...Read More


Mexico Temporarily Raises Duties on 100 Apparel, Textile and Footwear Products

11 April 2019

Mexico issued two decrees on 10 April modifying its MFN import duties on 100 apparel, textile and footwear products and creating new tariff breakouts within a range of subheadings....Read More


Input Sought on Guides for Leather and Imitation Leather Products

6 March 2019

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking input by 22 April on its Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather Products as part of a broader systematic review of all current FTC regulations and guid...Read More


New Regulation Will Restrict Phthalates in Consumer Goods EU-wide

3 Jan 2019

Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation, into which the core provisions of Commission Regulation 2018/2005 will be inserted, prohibits or restricts the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain...Read More


European Commission Imposes Restrictions on Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear

18 Oct 2018

On 12 October 2018, the EU’s Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2018/1513 imposing new restrictions on the use of 33 substances known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems (so...Read More


Denmark Investigates Carcinogenic PAHs in Consumer Products, Including in Footwear and Toys

2 Oct 2018

PAHs are organic compounds containing two or more fused aromatic rings, which, in processed articles, may exist in the following: creosote, medicines, dyes, plastics, rubbers, pesticides, lubricants, ...Read More


EU Customs-related Regulations Published Classifying a Type of Footwear, Among Others

12 Sept 2018

On 30 August 2018, the Official Journal published Regulations 2018/1207, 2018/1208 and 2018/1209, which each classifies the articles described below. Hong Kong traders or their agents importing these ...Read More


Argentina Adopts New Labelling Requirements for Footwear

14 Aug 2018

Argentina recently unveiled new labelling requirements for footwear that differ in various respects from the current requirements....Read More


Argentina’s Content Declaration Requirements for Textiles, Apparel and Footwear Further Amended

22 June 2018

The Argentinean government has amended certain test report provisions associated with the sworn statement of product composition (DJCP) requirements for domestically-produced and imported textiles, ap...Read More


China Updated Footwear Product Standard – QB/T 2955-2017 Casual Shoes

25 May 2018

On November 7th, 2017 China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued casual shoes product standard QB/T 2955-2017 and it became effective on April 1, 2018. QB/T 2955-2017 replaced its pr...Read More


Argentina Amends Content Declaration Requirements for Textiles, Apparel and Footwear

25 May 2018

The Argentinean government has amended in various ways the sworn statement of product composition (DJCP) requirements for domestically-produced and imported textiles, apparel and footwear....Read More


European Commission Takes Further Action Against Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear

18 May 2018

On 26 April 2018, the European Commission received backing from the EU’s REACH Committee to take further action against hazardous chemicals known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems....Read More


Colombia Extends High Duties on Apparel and Footwear

24 Nov 2017

The Colombian government has extended for a period of two years its current duty regime for imports of apparel, footwear and textile made-ups....Read More


EU Re-imposes Definitive Anti-dumping Duties on a Number of Shoe Exporters

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, the EU re-imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on shoe imports from Vietnam and mainland China for four company groups, for the period 2006-2011. These duties had been annulled b...Read More


Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Add Footwear to GSP Programme

10 Nov 2017

Sens. Maria Cantwell (Democrat-Washington) and Pat Roberts (Republican-Kansas) on 30 October introduced legislation (S. 2032) to make certain footwear eligible for duty-free treatment under the Genera...Read More


European Consumer Organisation Calls for Ambitious EU Rules to Prevent Toxic Chemicals Entering the Circular Economy

3 Nov 2017

Hong Kong traders may be interested to learn that, on 7 August 2017, the Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs (“BEUC”), a leading EU consumer group, issued its response to a European Commission...Read More


RFID-Tagging Set to be Compulsory for Russian Footwear from 2018

16 Aug 2017

Mandatory tagging designed to counter widespread illicit import and smuggling in country's shoe sector....Read More

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